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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.
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Ames, IA

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Iowa PR

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Talk of Iowa offers a mix of regular guests, newsmakers and interesting Iowans to talk about the arts, culture, humanities and lifestyle of our state.

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@IPRTalk

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English

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2111 Grand Avenue, Suite 100 Des Moines, IA 50312 866 780 9100


Episodes

Winter Plants and Holiday Gifts for Gardeners

12/15/2017
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The plants outside are starting to change their shape and color. Given that the trees have shed their leaves and the ground is too frozen to plant almost anything, many Iowans are left twiddling their green thumbs wondering how they can manage to plant anything in this weather. Cindy Haynes, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Iowa State University, suggests planting some holly. "The one that we see, as far as decorations, the shiny green one, doesn't do well in Iowa," Haynes says. "The...

Duration: 00:49:27


Best of 2017 Folk and Classical Music

12/14/2017
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As you ponder what to give as gifts for the music-lovers in your life, consider the expertise of some Iowa Public Radio music hosts. In this hour of Talk of Iowa, Charity Nebbe hears about the notable releases and recordings of 2017 from the host of IPR's The Folk Tree Karen Impola, as well as classical music host Barney Sherman. Karen Impola's top folk music picks for 2017 1. Catfish Keith – "Shake Sugaree" – Mississippi River Blues 2. Al Murphy – "Steamboat Quickstep" – Hogs in the...

Duration: 00:48:23


Snowy Owls Visit Iowa

12/13/2017
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Iowans have been reporting snowy owl sightings across the state this year. In this wildlife day edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe is joined by wildlife biologist Jim Pease to talk through the unique characteristics of the snowy owl, and why they are in Iowa. "It's a common thing that happens with northern critters. It includes everything from snowshoes hares in the boreal forest to snowy owls in the arctic. They go through regular cycles of boom and bust in response to the...

Duration: 00:37:51


Reza Aslan Talks About His New Book "God: A Human History"

12/8/2017
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UI Writer's Workshop graduate Reza Aslan has been writing and talking about God for most of his career. His newest book God: A Human History follows his last title Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth . "If we can learn to stop hoisting our own emotions upon God, I think we can pave the path for a much more peaceful religiosity," he says. During this Talk of Iowa conversation, he talks with host Charity Nebbe about why humans of all walks of life have developed their own...

Duration: 00:37:36


Everyday Virtues: Rethinking Classic Fairy Tales

12/6/2017
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Twenty years ago, Rick Autry was looking for fables to read with his young children. He wanted stories that taught lessons but without all the violence and sexism found in centuries old fairy tales. When he couldn't find what he was looking for he approached his father, author Jim Autry. The result is "Everyday Virtues: Classic Tales to Read with Kids." Over the twenty years since the idea first took hold, much has changed in childrens' lives. The Autrys have concerns about how much time...

Duration: 00:30:53


Is it a Family Heirloom or Clutter? Getting Things and Getting Rid of Them

12/5/2017
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Holiday season is about giving, but it also involves getting more things. Some people already feel overwhelmed with too many possessions. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with guests about decluttering, and about how to navigate the process of handing down heirlooms and other collections. We also cover the generational differences that might mean it's getting tougher for older adults downsizing to pass on their collections to their children. Associate Professor in...

Duration: 00:48:23


The Best Children's Books to Give in 2017

12/4/2017
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Finding just the right book for a child in your life and can be wonderful and challenging! Talk of Iowa is here to help. Host Charity Nebbe talks with Barb Stein of Prairie Lights Books and Sue Davis of River Lights Bookstore about the best new books to give children and teens this year. POETRY I’m Just No Good at Rhyming and Other Nonsense by Chris Harris - A new collection of hilarious poetry. “Put this on the kitchen table. Start the day with a rhyme. If you like Shel Silverstein this...

Duration: 00:48:28


Combined Efforts Theatre Debuts New Production "Shellshocked"

12/1/2017
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The medical and mental health communities are doing their best to learn about and treat post traumatic stress disorder more effectively. Historically, the term "shell shocked" immediately comes to mind, and a new play by Combined Efforts Theatre in Iowa City raises some questions about the kinds of trauma that soldiers who fought in World War I experienced when the term was first introduced. Janet Schlapkohl is the founder of Combined Efforts Theatre and she is the writer and director of...

Duration: 00:17:44


Caring for Christmas Trees and Holiday Plants

12/1/2017
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With the holiday season just around the corner, many living rooms will soon be filled with towering Christmas trees and holiday plants like poinsettias. Many Iowans have questions about how to care for these plants, and DNR District Forester Mark Vitosh has advice for those who would like to keep their trees properly hydrated indoors. "Get it in water right away, even if you're not going to put it up," Vitosh says. "What I always tell people is if you put it up Sunday afternoon, before you...

Duration: 00:49:27


Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To

12/1/2017
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There are 2.2 billion Christians in the world, and there's a whole lot of diversity under the umbrella of that religion. Pastor Lillian Daniel, who lives in Dubuque and is senior pastor at First Congregational Church, is frustrated by the stereotypes that have developed about Christians and other people who attend church. "When you're an open minded and tolerant person, your worst fear is that you'll come off as intolerant," she says. "I find myself cringing when other members of the...

Duration: 00:30:57


Rose Frantzen's "In the Face of Illusion" Raises Questions about How We See Ourselves & Others

11/29/2017
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Artist Rose Frantzen grew up in Maquoketa and started painting portraits when she was in high school. Since then, she’s gained national and international acclaim for her oil paintings. She lives and works with her husband, Chuck Morris, an acclaimed artist of his own right. Iowa seems like an unlikely destination for two very successful artists who met in New York City’s Central Park, but Rose Frantzen and Chuck Morris have made Maquoketa their home, their workplace, and an artistic...

Duration: 00:49:24


Instead of Canned Goods, You Might Donate Cash to Your Local Food Bank

11/28/2017
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Around the holidays, there are a lot of organizations hosting food drives, collecting canned and non-perishable foods to send to food banks and pantries across the state. That's a worthy effort, and those donations are appreciated by food banks. But food banks want people to also consider that they have more purchasing power for a dollar than you do. During this segment of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Michelle Book, who is CEO of the Food Bank of Iowa. Book says her...

Duration: 00:17:43


Grinnell Community Foundation Works to Fill Gaps in Mental Health Care

11/28/2017
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The Tuesday after Thanksgiving has been dubbed #GivingTuesday, and in light of that fairly recent development, many end-of-year fundraising campaigns are getting a boost. This hour on Talk of Iowa , we hear from a few community foundations in Iowa about the work they are doing. "Community foundations serve a specific geographic area. In the state of Iowa, we have at least one, and sometimes more than one in each of our ninety-nine counties," explains Kari McCann Boutell, who is president...

Duration: 00:30:57


National Day of Listening 2017: Iowa Stories

11/24/2017
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For many, listening to StoryCorps on Friday mornings has become routine—a few minutes to listen, learn, reflect, and often shed a few tears. When StoryCorps debuted in 2003, it sounded unlike anything else on public radio. They were stories not driven by news or cultural events, and they were stories that didn’t feature news-makers. These were stories of normal people sharing their memories. We quickly learned that those normal people were extraordinary, and that we all have stories to...

Duration: 00:48:26


Roll Call: Veterans Share Their True Stories

11/22/2017
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Earlier this month, six Iowa veterans told their stories at a live event in Iowa City. The event was "Roll Call: Veterans Share Their True Stories" presented by Iowa Watch and hosted by Talk of Iowa host Charity Nebbe. It took place on November 9th at Old Brick in Iowa City. In the link above, hear these veterans' stories: Joe Gasperetti - He's a Vietnam veteran who served with the 4th Infantry Division from 1966–67. Back in 2011 he appeared on stage for six performances in a play,...

Duration: 00:44:45


It's Time to Talk About Loneliness

11/21/2017
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We go through life surrounded by other people, but for many people, the isolation of the modern world takes a serious toll on health and happiness. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy about what he sees as an epidemic of loneliness in the U.S. "If you're not lonely, and you're listening to this radio segment, there are people around you who are," he says. "When I was traveling around as surgeon general, I found that people...

Duration: 00:48:27


Books to Give, Receive, or Escape with This Holiday Season

11/21/2017
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Garrison Keillor once said, “A book is a gift you can open again and again.” On this edition of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Jan Weismiller and Tim Budd of Prairie Lights Books in Iowa City and Hunter Gillum of Beaverdale Books in Des Moines. They share their top picks for fiction and non-fiction books released this year. TIM BUDD’S BEST OF FICTION: Artemis by Andy Weir Weir is the author of The Martian . His latest book is “basically a conspiracy thriller set on a lunar...

Duration: 00:48:23


Protecting Your Winter Garden

11/17/2017
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It’s mid-November, and winter weather is already upon us. Many Iowans want to know how to prepare their yard and garden for winter. Winter garden care involves covering strawberries, prepping roses, and getting ready to fend off hungry rabbits. Aaron Steil of Reiman Gardens in Ames has advice for those who want to protect their strawberries. "Strawberries need a little protection, especially for their flower buds this time of year," Steil says. "So putting down a nice, about four inches of...

Duration: 00:49:28


Out With the Bad, in With the Good: Talking About Climate Change

11/17/2017
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When Martin Luther King Jr. gave his most famous speech, he did not say "I have a problem." A growing environmental movement called #EarthOptimism is taking that idea and painting a vision for a brighter future. During this hour of Talk of Iowa , host Charity Nebbe talks with Nancy Knowlton, who is chair of marine science at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian and founder of the earth optimism movement, and Connie Mutel, who is a senior science writer at the...

Duration: 00:48:27


Educators Organize Transgender Education Summit in Wake of Kedarie Johnson Murder

11/15/2017
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The murder of a gender fluid teenage in Burlington has brought attention to the treatment and resources available for transgender students and their friends and teachers in Iowa. Iowa Safe Schools is hosting the first Transgender Education Summit in Iowa on November 17th in Des Moines, and Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools Nate Monson says that its hard to get an estimate on how many trans students are attending public school in Iowa. "One survey that I saw says that 50% of...

Duration: 00:48:26

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